Definition of patronage:
- Business custom.
- Guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care.
- Special countenance or support; favor, encouragement, or aid, afforded to a person or a work; as, the patronage of letters; patronage given to an author.
- The right of nomination to political office; also, the offices, contracts, honors, etc., which a public officer may bestow by favor.
- The right of presentation to church or ecclesiastical benefice; advowson.
- To act as a patron of; to maintain; to defend.
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- "The Black Experience in America The Immigrant Heritage of America", Norman Coombs.
- "The Framework of Home Rule", Erskine Childers.
- "The American Judiciary", Simeon E. Baldwin, LLD.